Category Archives: types of bikes

Welcome A New Two-Wheeler To The Family

After buying a truck in December 2012, and working a real job, I had less opportunities to commute by bike than when I was a student at ASU, a few years back. I am happy to report that, recently, I have been riding my bike around town more often! I started practicing yoga at a local studio and it just so happens to be the perfect distance to ride my bike there from my apartment.

I’m also working at a coworking space in Phoenix, located right off of the light rail. In attempts to save gas money and my sanity during rush hour traffic, I have been commuting by bike multiple days a week. It’s been great! I love it. But then I started to remember that my bike is pretty heavy. It’s not fun to lug around on the light rail. And although I love my Schwinn Sierra, I believe sometimes you outgrow things you love. I started looking at Landis Cyclery for a cute fixie that was lightweight and easy to ride around town for a few miles.

PureFix

Well, I learned something. Apparently I don’t like how fixies ride and I was uncomfortable leaning so far forward, as I would often be wearing a backpack. This is the bike I had planned on buying, but I wasn’t happy with many of its features. After a test ride, I crossed the fixie off my list. It’s a good looking bike, but it wasn’t a good fit for my wants and needs. I had a very patient sales person at Landis Cyclery named Jon. He was really enthusiastic about helping me find the right bike for me, which I really appreciated.

Landis Cyclery

The next bike he showed me was a winner! I told him what I liked and didn’t like and next Jon showed me a Specialized Vita. It was much lighter than my Schwinn. I started to ride and it felt so light like I was flying! I liked that it had multiple speeds, awesome brakes, and rode similar to my previous bike.

Specialized Vita

It wasn’t a drastic change, which was probably good for transitioning to the new bike. I didn’t lean too far forward, but I was less upright than on my Schwinn. I tested it out with a backpack on and I think I can get used to it. When I got the bike home, I took it for a nice, long, relaxing bike ride in Tempe. I rode to Kiwanis Park and made a huge lap around the park. I really had a blast riding my new bike today! I’m glad Jon was able to help find the right bike and I agree that this bike was a better choice for me. Welcome my new bike to the family!

Specialized Vita

Time For Another ‘That Bike On The Street’

I’ve seen another bike in passing that caught my eye! This bike is a lime green Cannondale road bike. I love the white racing handlebars. I saw this bike near ASU’s Tempe campus on College Avenue and Sixth Street. It’s a neat bike, but also pretty expensive.

What is your favorite brand of bike? I currently have a Schwinn hybrid that fits my lifestyle quite nicely!

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Bike Glossary for Beginners

Buying a bike is overwhelming. To find the best bike for you, I recommend going to a couple different bike stores. Test out different types of bikes and ask an associate any questions you have. It’s fun to choose a bike off the rack and take it for a spin! Some bike shops in Tempe are Earnhardt’s Schwinn, Dominic’s 2 Wheelers, Performance Bike and Tempe Bicycle.

I tried many bikes during the research phase. I liked this 26-inch black PHAT beach cruiser with pink rims. When I saw this bike, I had to have it! Read more